Dubai, as we know it, is one of the classic boomtowns of the 20th century. From a desolate stretch of desert, the sprawling city has become a leading global player in a matter of decades. This also means that everything you see in Dubai is relatively new. Steel, concrete and glass buildings everywhere. The old Dubai has been consistently demolished and rebuilt to fit into the new Dubai narrative. You feel this as you visit the city, a lack of soul. There is no heart in the megaconstructions of Dubai. Except for a tiny ode to the past called the Bastakiya quarter.